Are the Sixers Ready to Deal Iguodala?
The 76ers are "looking to move" Andre Iguodala, according to ESPN's Chris Broussard and he floats out this deal over at ESPN.com
This was a deal that we heard about last season before the lockout and had many people excited. Gay would give the Sixers a legitimate scorer at the small forward position. Sixers president Rod Thorn said that his team needs a perimeter shooter and an athletic big man.
Gay would be the perimeter shooter that the team needs, scoring nearly 18 points per game in his career - he is also three years younger then Iguodala. Gay rebounds just as well as Iguodala does, but one area where there would be a drop-off is on the defensive side off the ball.
So what about that athletic big man?
Well ESPN.com NBA writer Ric Bucher suggests this deal:
Another deal we have discussed on the Sports Bash, Gasol would be the athletic big man the Sixers are lacking. He would give them size and skill at a position in the Eastern Conference where it does not exist. Depending on what happens with Dwight Howard, Gasol would be the best center in the East right away.
At 31 years old, Gasol is older then Iguodala but is coming off of a season where he gave the Lakers 17.4 points and 10.4 rebounds - both would have been tops on the Sixers.
A third rumor has been mentioned as a possibility is Iguodala to the Warriors. Golden State has expressed interest in trading for Iguodala as they did last season when rumors of a Iguodala for Monta Ellis deal surfaced. Ellis has since been dealt to Milwaukee but the Warriors are desperate for a small forward.
The big question when it comes to Golden State is what would they even have to send the Sixers in return for a player like Iguodala. A potential deal between the Sixers and Warriors centered around Iguodala would have to involve at least one bad contract being sent to Philly, and that's not something the Sixers likely have interest in doing .
Unless the Warriors were willing to do a straight Iguodala for David Lee deal; I can't really see a great match coming from Golden State.
Either way its starting to look like Iguodala's time in Philadelphia could be coming to a end.